The next morning, I woke up early to get my things together for the day. Although classes didn’t start for another day, today we had orientation activities in the student center, and I wanted to be prepared.
Elle was still sleeping when I woke up, so I tiptoed out for a morning jog along the lake. While the campus was miles away from any city, the natural splendor more than made up for the lack of commercial amenities.
After Finn had been put to bed and everything had quieted down after Uncle Alistair’s big announcement, I crept out to the backyard to think.
I knew I was being selfish for even wishing that Uncle Alistair didn’t have to go, but I couldn’t deny my emotions. Everything was changing so quickly — I was going to college this fall (something that terrified me — I would know practically no one, and how was I going to deal with the new living situation? I barely passed high school — how was I supposed to handle college lectures?), 42nd was beginning to take off, Uncle Alistair would be in space in a few months, Finn was growing more each day…
“Rey,” said the woman before me. Although her face was lined with wrinkles, I could see her features in mine. We had the same nose, jaw, mouth..even our eye shape was similar, although hers were dark brown while mine were a pale grey-blue.
She reached out for a hug, and I stepped forward gladly.